I have an empty bottle on my kitchen counter. It’s there to remind me not to hold back in trying new experiences and that it’s far better to dip a toe in the water and find you hate it, than to never know the pleasure of floating on your back in a gentle sea.
The bottle in question held Eiswein, a type of dessert wine made from grapes which have been frozen on the vine. The resulting wine is sweet and somewhat pricey. My Dad – a bit of an oenophile – had been curious about Eiswein for years, but it was only fairly recently (he’s in his 70s) that we persuaded him to splash out and try some.
Now, as it turned out, he wasn’t delighted by it. Nonetheless, I kept the bottle because I couldn’t shake the thought that he might have loved it, and he might have regretted missing out on fifty-odd years of Eiswein-quaffing pleasure. That bottle is there on my counter as my prompt to try new things, especially things which seem fascinating, enticing, or a little extravagant.
Is there something you’ve always wondered about trying? Might now be the time? Please share your thoughts.
A Spoonful of Serenity
Here are some serene resources which caught my eye this week:
- An interesting way of looking at when to drink coffee, and it’s not based on time of day.
- Since we’re talking about trying new things, do you fancy a micro-adventure or two? If so, this site’s for you.
- But if fear is holding you back, know that it’s unlikely you’re assessing the situation entirely objectively. Consider these fascinating insights on risk perception before you make up your mind.